Guide to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Registrar's Office, Registrar Correspondence, 1973-1975

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein


Descriptive Summary

Title: Registrar correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1973-1975
Number: IA20003
Creator/Collector: J. Paul Getty Museum. Registrar's Office
Physical Description: 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
archives@getty.edu
Abstract: The records comprise internal and external correspondence from Pamela Wiget, Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1973-1975. The external correspondence contains information on day-to-day administrative activities; the internal correspondence consists of both letters and memoranda addressed primarily to Stephen Garrett, Museum Director, and details day-to-day internal administrative activities.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Administrative History

The J. Paul Getty Museum was established as a charitable trust in 1953 by billionaire J. Paul Getty in order to house his growing art collections. Getty had been collecting art since the 1930s. The J. Paul Getty Museum originally opened in 1954, with relatively little publicity, in two rooms of Mr. Getty's Ranch House in the Pacific Palisades near Malibu, California. By August 1955 the museum in the Ranch House had six gallery areas. In 1956 Mr. Getty began planning a new antiquities gallery, which was completed and opened to the public in mid-December 1957. Each year the number of museum visitors increased, and though Mr. Getty curtailed his art acquisitions activities beginning in 1958, the museum continued to grow.
In the fall of 1968, after considering various options for expanding the Ranch House, Getty decided to build a separate museum facility on the same property. This new museum was designed in the form of a first-century Roman country house, based primarily on the plans of the ancient Villa dei Papiri just outside of Herculaneum, Italy. The new museum facility opened to the public on January 16, 1974. Although Getty retained the title of Museum Director over the years, he never left his home in England to visit the new museum building, effectively making the Museum Curator or Deputy Director the on-site director. Getty monitored every expense and purchase made by the museum, and staff regularly traveled to Sutton Place, his home outside London, to consult with him on museum matters.
The Registrar's Office is the place of record for documentation related to art objects in the museum's care. The registrar oversees the receipt, inspection, accession, documentation, and cataloging of objects acquired for collections and/or exhibitions and negotiates the insurance of that object. The registrar maintains object files that document when and how an object is acquired, transported, stored, exhibited, or deaccessioned and handles all related contracts. Pamela Wiget was Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1973-1975; she left the Museum in April 1975.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

The records in accession 1986.IA.45 are closed to all except the department that created them, the General Counsel, the director of the originating program or division, or their designees until 2010.
The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Correspondence, 1973-1975, Registrar, J. Paul Getty Museum. Institutional Archives, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA20003.

Acquisition Information

The material was originally part of accession no. 1986.IA.01 but was assigned no. 1986.IA.45 in January 2006 for purposes of providing better administrative control.

Processing History

Initial inventory created by intern post-2003; records were processed and finding aid was created by Sue Luftschein, April 21, 2005.

Scope and Content of Collection

The records comprise internal and external correspondence from Pamela Wiget, Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1973-1975 (although from January to April 1973 she signs correspondence with the title of ‘Secretary’). The external correspondence contains information on day-to-day administrative activities addressed to J. Paul Getty in England, inquiries regarding book and photograph purchases, museum acquisitions, outstanding invoices, and loans of artworks. The internal correspondence consists of both letters and memoranda addressed primarily to Stephen Garrett, Museum Director, and details day-to-day internal administrative activities, including staff salaries and benefits, supply purchases, business procedures, and facilities management. Also included are copies of memos concerning purchases of artworks to curators and other museum staff, with copies to Stephen Garrett.

Arrangement

The papers are organized in two series: Series I. External correspondence, January 1973-April 1975; Series II. Internal correspondence, July 1973-April 1975.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

J. Paul Getty Museum

Subjects - Topics

Art museums--Employees
Art museums--Management
Museum registrars

Genres and Forms of Material

Correspondence
Memorandums

Contributors

Garrett, Stephen, 1922-
Wiget, Pamela


Container List

 

Series I. External correspondence, January 1973-April 1975

Physical Description: 0.42 linear feet 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Records consist of correspondence and memoranda, 1973-1975, of Pamela Wiget, Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The external correspondence contains information on day-to-day administrative activities of the museum of the J. Paul Getty Trust, such as museum attendance addressed to J. Paul Getty in England, inquiries regarding book and photograph purchases, museum acquisitions, outstanding invoices, and loans of artworks.

Arrangement

These records are arranged within each folder in reverse chronological order.
Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 1

January-February 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 2

March-April 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 3

May-June 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 4

July-August 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 5

September-October 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 6

November-December 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 7

January 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 8

February-March 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 9

April-May 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 10

June 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 11

July 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 12

August 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 13

September-October 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 14

November-December 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 15

January 1975

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 16

February 1975

Box 1986.IA.45-1, Folder 17

March-April 1975

 

Series II. Internal correspondence, July 1973-April 1975

Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Records consist of internal memos and other correspondence, 1973-1975, of Pamela Wiget, Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum, regarding day-to-day administrative activities, to Getty staff, primarily Stephen Garrett, Museum Director. Although the dates of the folders overlap, the material does not appear to be duplicated.

Arrangement

These records are arranged in reverse chronological order within each folder. There are 2 sets of chronological correspondence.
Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 1

July-October 1973

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 2

November 1973-January 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 3

March-April 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 4

May-July 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 5

August-October 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 6

October 1973-March 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 7

April-July 1974

Box 1986.IA.45-2, Folder 8

August 1974-April 1975